Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Poppy Place Appreciation Day

This is a blog about a friend I have made on etsy, in the forums and following her blogs, Poppy Place. She is a photographer and artist, a generous soul and supportive friend. She is a member of POE, Photographers of Etsy, and she sells her pictures at Photos by Chipperfield. These are a couple of favorites of mine:

Beautiful Poppy

Twilight Over Mt. Hood

She also paints and is a serious artist. I love this watercolor of hers:

Golden Waterlilies

She sews, too! Check out this beautiful little piece:

I follow her blogs also, which are always interesting and entertaining, and you may enjoy them too!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010


More Rhode Island!!!!

My sister has been hooping for a couple of years now, and brought her hoops to RI while we were on vacation. She was very good about doing it every day (I know!!!). She demonstrated her skills to me, and told me "this is the corkscrew", or "watch me do it with my hands only" and "this one is really hard". I tried a couple of times and it IS hard, but I didn't want to try too hard because my knee is still a little out of whack, and those circular motions scared me. My knee is healing nicely, all the walking to the beach and swimming was good exercise, my knee is much stronger now, but I didn't want to chance throwing it out and causing myself immense sharp pain.

So here's Nora hooping it up. I forget which is the corkscrew, and which is what, except for the arms and hands which are obvious. She sure has good time with it, though, as you can see:

Thursday, August 5, 2010

More Rhode Island!

The house we stayed in while on vacation in Rhode Island had a lovely mimosa tree in the backyard, that smelled so sweet, and there were hummngbirds! A small flock, I think maybe 6 or 8 birds. I could see them best from the bathroom window. I tried to take pictures of them but they were so fast, WHOOSH and they were gone in a blur of wings.

On our walk to the beach there were plenty of beautiful gardens and plants, lots of hibiscus and hydrangeas, and a funny little pine decorated with shovels and playthings, like a Christmas tree.

This is the summertime Christmas tree decorated with toys and shovels. Dig the pink flamingo:

When we were on the actual beach road there were glorious beach roses, all bright red with their hips, and a few flowers that were wonderfully fragrant.

And then the ocean! It was pretty calm, and shallow, and nicely cold which was so refreshing after the hot walk and then basking in the hot sun. Here's me glorying in the whole experience - please ignore the flabby arms.

Ah, wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010


For those who have missed me, I have been posting to my new blog lately, but now I'm back at My Heart and Mind, to tell you of my wonderful little one week vacation in Rhode Island, on the beach! When we were kids my grandparents rented a cottage in Quonochontaug, affectionately known as Quonnie, and my brother and sister and I would play in the ocean all day and then laugh all night playing Scrabble with my grandmother and great-aunt. Really great memories. Now we're all grown up, and my cousin has a little house near a beach in Rhode Island, near Watch Hill and Westerly, which they lent to my sister and me for the last week of July. YAY!!!!!! The weather was wonderful, the water was gorgeous and the lobster delicious. We invited a friend, and just played for a whole week.

This is the house:

This is my bedroom:

the living room

and the family room

We walked to the beach

The BEACH!!!!

Apres le beach, le fromage et vino!

This is me, Nan. I'm wearing a pretty little headband I bought from PrettyLilGirls

my sister and friend

et le fromage et vino!

We went shopping, too, in Watch Hill. My sister's new clothes - isn't she lovely?

And she bought a ring for me, for my birthday. An amethyst in a beautiful setting. Ain't she the best?

and one for herself, we believe a carnelian

What a great time we had. I will be posting more blogs about RI: my sister hooping, the natural life around us, trees, flowers, hummingbirds...stay tuned!